Welcome to Lisbon!
Lisbon has exchanged the sounds of the past - the cries of Galician water-carriers and of bakers bearing huge baskets of bread or the whistles of the knife-grinder - for the honking of congested motor traffic and the clanging of trams.
Some traditions, however, remain. You can still see in the streets the varinas (fish sellers), dressed in long, black skirts, carrying their wares in baskets on their heads; and you can still hear sung, in the little cafes of the medieval Alfama quarter, the sad, romantic music called Fado.
Vessels tie up at the wharfs that are important to the everyday life of the town, where the clang of the trolley cars blends with the sound of ships bells. At dawn, fishing boats deposit their catch at the town’s front doorstep for noisy auction to Lisbon dealers, while the varinas wait to fill the baskets they peddle through the streets. Further within, the fish market gives way to the equally colourful and clamorous fruit and vegetable market.
Lisbon is built in a succession of terraces up the slopes of a range of low, rolling hills, which rise from the banks of the Tagus River and the Sea of Straw (Mar de Palha - a reference to the sheen of the water). Sections of the city vary considerably in height, especially in the older areas along the waters edge, offering splendid views of the river and the low cliffs that line the rivers southern shore.
Lisbon has a mild and equable climate, with a mean annual temperature of 63º F (17º C), which makes the city pleasant to visit at any time of the year.
Despite the modern changes, Lisbon, in many ways, retains the air of a 19th-century city and it truly has something for everyone!
Get a rental car
Cruising through the avenues, finding your way rather easily, getting around by car, .... Wind in your hair, friend by your side: what more does a man want??
It's also a very easy means to get everywhere you want to, and to escape the city centre!
The city's annual OCEANS...
The city's annual OCEANS FESTIVAL organised by the LISBOA CITY COUNCIL, TURISMO DE LISBOA and PARQUE DAS NAÇÕES and held from August 18 to August 25 is the big event. The 1999 edition was specifically dedicated to the Oceans. In 2000, the theme was World Cultures. This third edition of the festival celebrates Lisboa's famous light, a bewitching and unique concoction of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean
Art exhibition in Lisbon's House of Macau 1
"Sonhos...2 Imaginário de Macau, Igual 5.
Grupo Igual, young portuguese artists exhibition in Lisbon.
7th to 25th October 2002.
The groups name is "Igual" that mean "The Same". The artists names are: Joana Reis, Joao Leitao, Maria Eduarda Ribeiro, Rita Máximo and Tiago Oliveira.
On the picture canvas of Tiago Oliveira.
Estádio da Luz
Two of Portugal's biggest football clubs are based in Lisbon; Sporting Clube de Portugal and SL Benfica. I'm not a fan of any of the clubs, but have always had some sympathy for Sporting – mainly because the legendary Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel used to play for them. Nevertheless, it was Benfica’s home ground (Estádio da Luz) I decided to give a visit. It is the biggest stadium in Portugal and the football club has a fantastic history, both national and international (two times winners of the European Cup)…
I went there with VT-member Carlos (jorgec25) and had a great time. We began the visit with lunch at the stadium restaurant which has a fabulous view of the stadium. Sometimes you can be lucky and meet current or former players (like legendary Eusébio) at the restaurant. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet any on a quiet Tuesday around noon…
We joined a guided tour of Estádio da Luz and first we visited the stadium museum. You are walking through a long corridor and on both sides are photos and trophies on display. The place is packed with National championship trophies, the European Cup (the Trophy with the Big Ears), and lots of photos of old line ups, and former and current players - for instance Eusébio, Rui Costa, and the Danish player Michael Manniche. Carlos and I talked so much about the old football days that the other people in our tour group lost patience, and told us to hurry up… Maybe the tour should end here so people have more time to explore the museum!
After the museum we entered the stadium which was built for the Euro 2004 Championships, and was home of the final and a couple of other games. The capacity is 65,400 spectators, and is very beautiful with its red and white seats (the club colours). On our tour we visited the changing rooms, the indoor training areas, the press facilities, walked down the player’s tunnel, sat on the bench, and tried the seats in the VIP area. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the Benfica eagle that fly around the stadium before every home game – but we met the eagle’s sister/brother/friend(?) at the souvenir shop where the tour ended.
This is a must in Lisbon if you are a football freak like me… The tour price was 10 Euro, 5 Euro for the museum and 5 Euro for the stadium tour (October 2010).